Texas Week 12 hoops rankings: State playoffs heating up

After games on Sunday, Feb. 26.

The Texas basketball playoffs are quite the marathon, making for salivating matchups and surprising upsets. This week could bring both.

Marcus, the No. 5 team in the POWERADE FAB 50, appears poised to defend its crown, but in doing so, the Marauders face a potential Class 5A regional semifinal matchup against No. 7 North Crowley if they can hold off Timberview on Tuesday. Likewise, red-hot Fort Bend Travis will be tested when it faces newly ranked Northshore on Tuesday in the Class 5A quarterfinals.

On the private-school scene, Grace Prep and Westbury Christian appear to be on a crash course in the TAPPS Class 4A final this Saturday should they both win their semifinal matchups as expected.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Marcus (Flower Mound) 34-2 (1)

The Marauders jumped out to an 18-0 lead and Phil Forte finished with 16 points to lead them past Duncanville and into the Class 5A regional quarterfinals for a contest against Timberview on Tuesday.

2. Prestonwood Christian (Plano) 25-4 (2)

Freshman Mickey Mitchell dropped 29 points to go with Julius Randle's 20 in the Lions' 83-64 win against Central Catholic to advance to the TAPPS Class 5A semifinals, where they will face St. Thomas (Houston).

3. Grace Prep (Arlington) 25-4 (3)

Grace Prep bounced Concordia from the TAPPS 4A playoffs with a 77-52 win. Next the Lions will face San Antonio Christian in the semis and should they win, will likely take on fellow POWERADE FAB 50 squad Westbury Christian in the final.

Click here for the full POWERADE weekly Texas hoops rankings.